Describe your work at NCEAS
Synthesis of plant-animal interactions of the deserts in California.
What's your favorite thing about NCEAS?
The big picture is always present.
What was an "a-ha" moment or experience that made you want to do work in ecology, science and/or conservation?
My grandma taught me to respect nature. She had a very hard life and lived on a farm. I do ecology to honor her memory and provide science that can help protect the plants and animals that now share every bit of space with us on the planet.
If you could be any animal (or other organism), what would it be and why?
Black-tailed jackrabbit. Run free.
What's your favorite Santa Barbara spot, and/or what's your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Getting outside in Santa Barbara every day is a privilege. A quick hoppity, hoppity rabbitrun is always a win.